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The Pacific CoastRanges are the series of mountain ranges that stretch along west coast of North America from Alaska to Mexico.
The character of the ranges varies considerably, from the record-setting tidewater glaciers in the ranges of Alaska, to the low but rugged and scrub-covered hills of southern California, but the entire coast is consistent in dropping steeply into the sea, often resulting in photogenic views.
From the vicinity of San Francisco Bay north, it is common for humid air masses from the Gulf of Alaska to make landfall in one of the CoastRanges, resulting in heavy precipitation, both as rain and snow, especially on their western slopes.
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